Serious question: how many times have you heard a member of the political elite say something completely moronic regarding guns?
Looking back, it’s an incredible indication that the people who are the strongest advocate for gun control have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. That’s not hyperbole. Recall the debate following the horrific shooting in Aurora. The proponents of gun control wanted to ban the sale of high capacity magazines.
Rep. Diana DeGette exposed herself as being completely ignorant on how high-capacity magazines are used. She didn’t realize they could just be reloaded.
“To your last question: ‘What’s the efficacy of banning these magazine clips?’ I will tell you, these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them. So if you ban, if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will be shot and there won’t be any more available.”
What’s worse is, when her office “clarified” her statement, it made another incredible gaffe:
“The congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism.”
Except, clips can be reloaded also.
Then there’s the rabidly anti-gun California State Senator Kevin de Leon, who put his ignorance on full display here:
“This is a ghost gun,” de Leon asserts. “This right here has the ability with a .30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.”
The Blaze explains all the fail in those three statements:
Firstly, there is no such thing as a “30-caliber clip” in the context of which he is speaking. He clearly is referring to a 30-round magazine. An ammunition magazine is different than a “clip,” but the two are often confused by those not familiar with guns. And though it’s obvious, there is also no such thing as a “30 magazine clip.”
Secondly, caliber refers the measurement of the width of a bullet or internal diameter of a gun barrel, not magazine capacity.
According to the Associated Press, the rifle on display in the video is indeed a homemade fully automatic rifle. Still, a rate of fire of 60 rounds per second — or 3,600 rounds per minute — is unlikely with a “homemade” rifle. Fully automatic weapons are also essentially banned already, even if they are homemade. The average rate of fire for a semi-automatic rifle is roughly 120 rounds per minute, depending on the shooter and reload time.
And more recently, this beautiful example of a lack of knowledge:
“The reality is that Congress has been trying to get up some of these issues [relating to mental health] for the last five years, and we haven’t been able to.”
We let the assault weapons ban, which was led by our senator Dianne Feinstein, we let that lapse. So you know, multiautomatic round weapons are easily available, even though not in California, but they can cross the state line, as you know.”
What is a “multiautomatic round weapon?”
And should we point out that the “assault weapons ban” did not work?
Probably not. This appears to be a debate where facts are neither wanted nor needed.
Facts, for that matter, can be dismissed as “semantics.”
You would expect that people who are advocating legislation regarding gun control would know just a little bit about what they are talking about, but these days, we’re not surprised when we learn they don’t.
You might be surprised to learn that the Director of the FBI doesn’t know the process surrounding purchasing a gun online.
California. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) began his question-and-answer period with (James) Comey with a seemingly simple question: “If I buy a gun on the internet, is it delivered to my home?”
Comey, perhaps surprised by the question, seemed to stumble. Graham clarified, asking “if I try to buy a gun on the internet, where do I pick it up?”
Looking perplexed, the FBI Director replied “I assume it’s shipped to you, but I don’t know for sure, actually.”
As almost all gun owners are aware, the background check involves the FFL contacting the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) via phone or computer, a service managed by the FBI, to determine whether the potential transferee is a person prohibited from owning firearms. Assuming the transferee passes the check, they get the gun they purchased online.
The Establishment Elite have no idea how the world operates or the hoops people have to jump through.
Need more? Ask anyone in Washington to explain the “gun show loophole” and you’ll get it. They believe anyone can just walk into a show and purchase any gun they want from a dealer without a background check.
But that’s probably just semantics.